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ART 4PR3 Professional Residency

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Judy Major-Girardin


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27287


Office Hours: By Appointment

Course Objectives:

This course enables students to obtain credit for a self-initiated, professional residency resulting in a portfolio equivalent to 3 units of credit. By the end of the course the student will have produced an independent body of work at a community print facility (Spark Box, Picton, ON). The student will expand their knowledge of print media through exposure to other artists working at a community print facility and through guidance provided by Kyle Topping, Studio and Operations Director, and Chrissy Poitras, Executive Director,

Objectives include:

Research on environmentally responsible print approaches

Creation of a body of print-based  and mixed-media work

Documentation of eperience through sketches, photos and critical reflection in sketchbook



Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

All residency expences (travel, accommodation, studio fees, materials)are the responsibility of the student.

Method of Assessment:

Residency dates: February 5 to February 25, 2018 (35  hours per week = 105 hours total ) 

The proposed project entitled: Between Childhood and Children will be comprised of a series of prints accompanied by hand painted monoprints and mixed-media works on paper. 

A portfolio of all work completed at the residency (including working prints and related sketches or monoprints) will be submitted by Thursday, March 1, 2018 for feedback and midterm assessment (75%). A midterm grade will be returned by March 16, 2018.

A pportfolio of all completed work will be submitted by Thursday, April 5, 2018 (15%) and sketchbook (10%). The student may use the McMaster print studio for final completion of the portfolio.

As an ambassador of McMaster, it is expected that the student will maintain a high level of professionalism while working in the community print studio, demonstrating respect for the rights of others and adhering to all studio regulations. Safe Operating Procedures must be followed at all times and when in doubt, the student must seek advise from the shop directors. Shop directors will be asked to confirm time spent in the studio and adherence to shop protocals. They will not be asked to evaluate the portfolio of prints.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late submission of portfolio will result in a letter drop in grade and no work will be accepted beyond the last day of term.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Independent research as it relates to concepts and techniques being used.